Recap: Freddie Freeman’s 3 Hits Help Dodgers Sweep Athletics

The Los Angeles Dodgers finished their homestand with an 8-2 win over the Oakland Athletics to complete a series sweep. It’s the first time the Dodgers have swept a series since taking both games against the Los Angeles Angels from July 7-8.

L.A. took a lead in the second inning behind back-to-back doubles from Kiké Hernández and Miguel Rojas. It grew to 2-0 in the third inning when Rojas pulled another ball into left field for his second RBI double of the game.

The two extra-base hits came one night after Rojas slugged his first homer of the season.

After Zack Gelof’s solo home run cut the Dodgers’ lead in half, they responded with a four-run inning in the bottom of the sixth.

Their rally started on an Austin Barnes’ infield single that was cashed in when Will Smith flared an RBI base hit into center field. Amed Rosario followed that with a two-run double and David Peralta broke the game open with a pinch-hit RBI single.

Peralta batted for Max Muncy, who was removed early due to a left wrist contusion. Muncy sustained the injury when he was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning.

Freddie Freeman, who had already doubled twice, added onto the Dodgers’ scoring with a solo home run in the eighth. Chris Taylor capped the night off with a two-out RBI single.

Dodgers efficient pitching

Although Julio Urías was looking to generate some momentum amid what’s been an inconsistent season, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts cautioned the left-hander likely would not be able to pitch more than five innings.

Roberts based his estimate of three to five innings on Urías having been limited to one bullpen session since July 25 because of left index finger trouble.

Urías seemingly shook that off as he efficiently got through five scoreless innings.

The Dodgers then turned to Emmet Sheehan for a four-inning save in his first Major League relief appearance. Sheehan surrendered two solo home runs.

Prior to Sheehan, the Dodgers’ last four-inning save was by Kenta Maeda on September 2, 2019.

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